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Inflammation is the hallmark of injured tissues or a body under attack by pathogens. However, in recent years, inflammation takes on new meanings — as research underscores its intimate relationship with many non-infectious diseases, perhaps, even all of them.


Nerve stimulation via controlled electrical impulses while strong in theory have had limited practical implementations in the medical field. That is, until now. Invigorated by multi-million dollar investments, electroceuticals have now been shocked to life — and could serve as an alternative for the future medical treatment.


The Malaysian Cabinet has approved government-use licences to bring in generics of Sofosbuvir – Hepatitis C treatment – amidst Gilead’s current licensing deal. This is in line with the efforts to present more affordable treatment options in the country.


This week, researchers have identified six genes which affect whether a woman is likely to have a preterm baby. Singaporean university graduates have developed a gadget for deaf people to warn them about surrounding dangers and British researchers suggest that current statin guidelines be relaxed to include people in their 20s and 30s.


Recently, studies have uncovered the role of gut bacteria in the causation of debilitating neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s disease.


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is increasing enforcement against clinics, which are unscrupulously administering unproven and potentially harmful ‘stem cell treatments’ to unsuspecting patients.


Despite advances in cancer treatments, younger women with invasive cancer in one breast are on the reverse gear – favouring double mastectomy and pushing aside lumpectomy – though it may not necessarily add years to life.


IBM’s Watson Health was introduced to the healthcare industry three years ago. Since then, it has been working to improve the standards of healthcare worldwide including, its biggest challenge – the cure for cancer.


In the field of medicine and surgery, technological advancements are a given. Lately, scientists from various countries have showcased their latest researches on technology to improve healthcare delivery. Take a look at what they have produced.


Telemedicine has helped many patients ‘skip’ the typical clinic visit, saving them a lot of time. Here, we list three start-ups that are seizing this opportunity by extending medical care in different healthcare settings.


This week, researchers at the University of Edinburgh have developed a light-sensitive camera that can “see” through the human body. In the US, researchers suggest using a “tamer” version of the Zika virus to shrink targeted aggressive brain tumours. Researchers also suggest that the lack in libido in early menopausal women can be addressed with an oestrogen patch.
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Researching the genetics of suicide

Individuals who commit suicide struggle with mental illness. However, not all individuals who struggle with mental illness commit suicide. Other factors such as genetics, too, are at play. A recent collaboration between University of Utah Health and pharmaceutical giant, Janssen seeks to uncover the link – possibly giving birth to new suicide prevention medication.